Recently, a Code42 enterprise customer told us that they chose to significantly expand their endpoint backup deployment after the responsibility for endpoints shifted from the Server Administrative Group to the Endpoint Administrative Group. This shift signaled very clearly that endpoint backup and file-server backup serve discrete purposes in IT. Their differences should not be debated, yet they are.
Certain misconceptions about where and how to manage end-user data continue to guide critical IT business decisions today. A member of our Code42 sales team white boarded his humorous but realistic take on the most common misperceptions:
What a simple whiteboard tells us
Over time, file server backup has (mistakenly) become synonymous with endpoint backup. More recently, the widespread use of enterprise file sync & share (EFSS) solutions such as Dropbox and Box have also been conflated with endpoint data protection. As with any data protection strategy, backup tech is a non-issue until data is lost or compromised. From large enterprises to small or medium-sized businesses, measures must be taken to ensure the efficient protection of confidential data.
So as IT admins go about exploring tech that will protect endpoints, a logical starting point is to understand the fundamental differences between file server and endpoint backup solutions.
In the end…
File server and endpoint backup have their place in the data security realm, but they are not synonymous. Better endpoint backups drive more comprehensive data security, and cloud-based backup also makes it easy to collect, protect and monitor both structured and unstructured data.